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"In this wonderful book, Thomas Patterson effectively dethrones the concept of 'civilization' as an abstract good, transcending human society."
--Martin Bernal

Drawing on his extensive knowledge of early societies, Thomas C. Patterson shows how class, sexism, and racism have been integral to the appearance of "civilized" societies in Western Europe. He lays out clearly and simply how civilization, with its designs of "civilizing" and "being civilized," has been closely tied to the rise of capitalism in Western Europe and the development of social classes.

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We need more eqaulity
May 5th, 2014
I am not able to elaborate, on my Nook, but I would like to say this short history of what is often called "civilization" is a good study of why any society that tolerates inequality cannot be really very civilized at all. Since the US and the world is getting more unequal lately, it is also getting more uncivilized. This book is a good primer on the reasons why!
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